Decide of the Day: 1966 Dodge Dart GT Convertible


We’ve been discussing many automobiles on the Journal that have been a part of the buckets and console brigade — automobiles that seized upon this latent thirst for sportiness as influenced by imports and the burgeoning Child Boomer youth tradition. Our Decide of the Day is one other a kind of sporty compacts that led the way in which, a 1966 Dodge Dart GT convertible listed on the market on by a dealership in Kentwood, Michigan. (Click on the hyperlink to view the itemizing)

The primary Dart was a lower-line Dodge launched in 1960. So good was its worth that it really poached gross sales from Plymouth, however the title was transferred to the redesigned A-body for 1963, taking up from the Lancer. For that last yr of the Lancer, Dodge launched the sporty Lancer GT with bucket seats. “GT is our abbreviation of an Italian time period, Gran Turismo. It means smallish quick automobile for touring in a grand method. A automobile that may nook degree, cease quick, and go away the lengthy photographs neighing on the gate. That’s what the Lancer GT will do,” mentioned the brochure on the time.

It was solely logical for the 1963 Dart GT to characteristic related tools. “Dart’s reply for the sports-car fanatic who may by no means see paying a premium value. It’s the deliverance for vigorous folks fallen prey to unwieldy fuel hogs.” Normal was the 170cid “Slant Six” with the 225cid model of the identical. Like most automobiles, a three-speed guide was normal, although solely on the column, with TorqueFlite being the one possibility. A four-speed was added in 1964, with a consolette being out there for 1965 for these automobiles ordered with TorqueFlite or four-speed. However the huge information was the out there 273cid V8 with as much as 235 horsepower. Gear was related in 1966, the final yr earlier than the Dart was redesigned, although now the Dart GT was out there with a full-length entrance console.

This 1966 Dodge Dart GT is painted within the female hue of Mauve metallic, a coloration so lovely that males gravitate to it like Pontiac’s Iris Mist. “This 1966 Dodge Dart GT Convertible is greater than a automobile; it’s a nostalgic voyage into an period the place craftsmanship and elegance reigned supreme,” says the vendor. “A mix of originality, class, and efficiency, it awaits an proprietor who appreciates its heritage and the sheer pleasure of open-top motoring.” The white vinyl bucket seat inside now includes a floor-mounted four-speed, changing the unique three-speed on the column. That stick is harnessed to a 180-horsepower 273 two-barrel, a pleasant mixture of V8 energy and financial system for these so inclined.

Different options embrace a distant driver-side mirror, AM radio, and tinted windshield. These objects assist make the drive in fashionable visitors circumstances a snap however, let’s be trustworthy: visitors will cease for you once they see this mauve and white ragtop cruise the pike. May life get any higher? For $27,900, you inform me!

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